The thermometer outside our window here in Maine confirms it’s still winter, but thanks to Maine-based painter Sarah Knock that hasn’t stopped us from dreaming about spring and warmer weather. Sarah’s painting “Near Birch Island” is L.L.Bean’s spring 2013 catalog cover – in customer mailboxes this week.
Sarah is best known for her unique interpretations of the Maine coast and its landscape, and she often can be found kayaking along the coastline looking for her next inspiration. The idea for “Near Birch Island” came one day as Sarah kayaked around Harpswell and Freeport, Maine.
Longtime L.L.Bean fans may find Sarah’s work very familiar. We featured her paintings on four catalog covers in 1994. These catalog covers continue to be L.L.Bean customer and employee favorites.
One of Sarah’s paintings, featured on our fall 1994 catalog cover, hangs in a central viewing spot at L.L.Bean’s Freeport corporate offices.
The use of original artwork featuring images of the Maine coastline and outdoor sporting pursuits for our catalog covers is a longstanding tradition at L.L.Bean. Flagship store customers can now view and enjoy every catalog cover from our 100-year history.
Represented by Greenhut Galleries Portland, Maine, Sarah Knock has had her work exhibited at Colby College, the Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Museum, the Penobscot Marine Museum and the Center for Maine Contemporary Art. She is also the recipient of an individual fellowship from the Maine Arts Commission and Carina House Residency on Monhegan Island.
You’ll find images of L.L.Bean catalog covers past and present on our Pinterest Board. Do you have a favorite L.L.Bean catalog cover? If so, let us know in the comments below.